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Summer Swim? Watch Out for 'Swimmer's Ear'

Summer Swim? Watch Out for `Swimmer`s Ear`SATURDAY, July 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When weather gets hot and people start jumping into a pool, lake or ocean, cases of swimmer’s ear are likely to climb, but one expert says there are steps you can take to avoid the painful condition.The best prevention is a simple one: avoid getting water in your ears, said Dr. Hongzhao Ji, an assistant professor of otolaryngology–head and neck surgery at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, in Dallas.If water is already in your ear, getting it out can help, but Ji advises against using a cotton swab, which can push earwax deeper and may scratch the ear canal skin. One option is to use ear drops after swimming. Drops are usually a combination of alcohol and vinegar meant to sterilize the ear canal and restore its desired pH....

Exercise, Puzzles, Games: They Help Men's, Women's...

21 July 2022
Exercise, Puzzles, Games: They Help Men`s, Women`s Brains DifferentlyTHURSDAY, July 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Exercising your body and mind can help stave off memory problems as you age, and some of these benefits may be even greater for women, a new study suggests.The study looked at cognitive reserve, or the brain’s ability to withstand the effects of diseases like Alzheimer’s without showing a decline in thinking or memory skills.Women, but not men, had greater cognitive reserves if they exercised regularly and took classes, read or played games. Taking part in more mental activities improved thinking speed for both women and men.“Begin building that cognitive reserve now, so the money is in the bank for down the road if our brains need it,” said study author Judy Pa. She is the co-director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study...

Post-Workout Sauna Might Boost Your Health Even More

21 July 2022
Post-Workout Sauna Might Boost Your Health Even MoreTHURSDAY, July 21, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Next time you work out, maybe take a 15-minute sauna when you’re done for extra heart health benefits.That's the main finding of research out of Finland. It found taking a sauna confers additional cardiovascular benefits over exercise alone.The new study didn’t look at how saunas can boost heart health, but other studies have elucidated these benefits. It has been shown "that some of the cardiovascular responses from sauna bathing are comparable to moderate intensity exercise, at least acutely,” said study author Earric Lee, a researcher in the faculty of sport and health sciences at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. The sauna is an integral part of Finnish culture, and there are more saunas than cars in Finland, he said.People...

Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes' Performance

19 July 2022
Using Pot May Impede Female Athletes` PerformanceTUESDAY, July 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Medical and recreational marijuana use has surged across the United States as more states legalize the drug, but young female athletes may want to think twice before taking a toke.A new study from the University of Northern Colorado connects regular cannabis use in fit young women to decreased anaerobic power, a component of physical activity involving short, intense bursts of exercise. The study also found that people who consumed cannabis products containing THC — the chemical behind pot's psychological effects — had a moderate increased risk of heart disease compared to nonusers. The consumption method didn't matter, the researchers said.The study included 24 women — 12 active cannabis users and 12 nonusers (who had not consumed any...

Repair or Reconstruction: What's Best for ACL Tears?

18 July 2022
Repair or Reconstruction: What`s Best for ACL Tears?MONDAY, July 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Adults who tear a key ligament in the knee can fare well with a less extensive type of surgery, preliminary research suggests.The study involved patients treated for a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), a strong band of tissue that helps stabilize the knee joint. ACL tears commonly happen during sports that involve jumping or sudden stops and pivots, like basketball, soccer and skiing.The injury is often treated with surgery, and the "gold standard" is ACL reconstruction: A surgeon removes the torn ligament remnant and replaces it with a portion of a tendon from elsewhere in the body, or with donated tissue from a cadaver.For many years, reconstruction has been the preferred choice over repairing the tear in the existing ligament....

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